Put simply and not confusing, grace means that God made a decision to send Christ to earth to die so that we can partake of His sacrifice for our sins by being baptized.
Once you added what we have to do ...YOU just negated Grace!
First of all "water" baptism is not the only type of baptism....
If you read the words of John the Baptizer, you can see he looked forward to a different
Baptism, the Baptism that Jesus was to bring not the same one he was doing
But that's okay, you can ignore all the other types of baptism and keep focused on water because you're missing yet another point which is this;
You could easily exchange "water" baptism for a variety of other "qualifying" works
Using your sentence lets look at what I mean
God made a decision to send Christ to earth to die so that we can partake of His sacrifice
for our sins by ________________
Fill in the blank with anything you like
Here are some other options starting with your own 1st here are some other things we can do to add to what Jesus has done
being baptized in water
bringing a lamb as an offering
going outside the camp for 7 days
offering a bullock
wearing sack clothe and ashes
Just so you know
The only thing that correctly fits in the blank is BELIEVING
The reason I know that is because Jesus said itWhoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and
only Son. John 3:18
And John the Baptist reiterated it"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." John 3:36
John preached that Jesus would bring a baptism different than water, clearly He understood what a lot of you do not because
Sadly a lot of you ignore what he saidLuke 3:16 John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire
Translation for the hearing impaired
I BAPTIZE WITH WATER BUT.
HE WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH SOMETHING DIFFERENT
John may as well said what I am doing is nothing in comparison to what He will do!
I'm just using water BUT ......HE WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH SOMETHING MUCH BETTER!John 3:30
International Standard Version (©2008)
He must become more important, but I must become less important."
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)It is necessary for him to increase and for me to decrease.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)He must increase in importance, while I must decrease in importance.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)He must increase, but I must decrease.
Translation for the hearing impaired I and what I am doing must decrease
He and what He will do MUST INCREASE
You're adding increase to the wrong ministry...you should be focused on
HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE!